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Fantastic Negrito - The Last Days Of Oakland album review

Album Review

Bluesy roots masterwork from late-blossoming Oakland powerhouse.

Black music’s original activist spirit has long been swamped by corporate pantomime, but Oakland’s Xavier Dhrepaulezz has redressed the balance with the kind of conscious milestone little seen this century. A former gangbanger in his native Oakland, he had an unsuccessful spell under Prince’s management in the 1990s before suffering a devastating car crash.

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